[Blueboard] Newsbriefs 26 November 2007 Afternoon

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Newsbriefs 26 November 2007 Afternoon

Simbahang Lingkod ng Bayan


Three storms to hit RP (abs-cbnNEWS.com)


Weather bureau PAGASA predicted Monday more bad weather as three tropical storms threaten to hit the country this week.


PAGASA weather forecaster Nathaniel Cruz said the meeting of the three weather disturbances -- typhoon Mina (international codename Mitag), tropical storm Lando (Hagibis), and a low pressure area (LPA) that might develop into a tropical depression named Nonoy - may happen on Thursday. 


'Mina' death toll rises to 8 (abs-cbnNEWS.com)


Eight people have died while two others were reported missing in the onslaught of typhoon Mina (international codename Mitag), the National Disaster Coordinating Council said Monday. 


In its noon update, the NDCC said seven of the fatalities were from Camarines Sur while the other one was from Camarines Norte.


The agency said the two missing -- Felipe Abwag and Reiner Abwag -- fell in a flooded river in Conner, Apayao province. Search and rescue operations for the two are ongoing.


The typhoon's death toll rose as it moved over Ilocos Norte province in Northern Luzon on Monday morning.


DA cites heavy agricultural losses due to storms (www.gmanews.tv)
The Department of Agriculture (DA) on Monday said it is ready to extend immediate assistance to farmers and fisherfolk affected by storms "Lando" and "Mina" as it cited heavy agricultural losses arising from these storms. 

The DA Central Action Center (DACAC) reported that P72.8 million worth of rice, corn, vegetables, banana, fishery, livestock and poultry have been damaged in nine provinces due to tropical storm "Lando."

In the latest report to DA Undersecretary Jesus Emmanuel Paras, DACAC said that rice losses from tropical storm "Lando" had reached P31.66 million as it affected 2,634 metric tons (MT) of palay in 1,672 rice fields in Palawan, Albay, Sorsogon, Iloilo, Cebu, Negros, Misamis Oriental and Surigao del Norte.


Suplico asks SC to revive Abalos, Arroyo impeach rap (abs-cbnNEWS.com)


Iloilo Vice-Gov. Rolex Suplico and other opposition personalities on Monday asked the Supreme Court to reverse the House secretary-general's dismissal of the impeachment complaint filed against President Arroyo and resigned poll chief Benjamin Abalos Sr.


"Petitioners pray that [the Supreme Court] nullify the act of the Office of the Secretary General of the House of Representatives declaring the Abalos impeachment complaint moot and academic and dismissing the supplemental impeachment complaint subsequently filed by petitioners against Mrs. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo," Suplico said in his 27-paged petition for certiorari to the Supreme Court.


(UPDATE) Roxas II elected LP president (INQUIRER.net)

SAN JUAN, Philippines -- Senator Manuel "Mar" Roxas II promised to lead the Liberal Party to "victory in 2010" after he was unanimously elected to a three-year term as party president starting November 30 and given "blanket authority to appoint its officers and reorganize the party."

"We shall build a strong, united, and modern LP -- rooted in its founding principles, sharpening its purpose -- and lead it to victory in 2010," Roxas said in his acceptance speech.

The new LP president promised to address the "assaults to our democracy and freedoms," particularly the extrajudicial killings and forced disappearances that have been sweeping the ranks of activists over the last six years, as he compared the term so far of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo to the "long night of the dictator" Ferdinand Marcos.

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